Friday, September 21, 2018

Compass 55 for iPhone/iPad version 1.9.4 is out! Siri shortcuts, voice coach, love for magnetic declination!

On the way to the public iOS 12 optimized releases of Speedometer apps, stopping by Compass 55 release, iOS 12 optimized and with Siri shortcuts! What is new?

Barometric vertical speed indicator (VSI).


A new option for the bottom/left panel.

Gives ability to measure vertical speed based on a built in barometer (present in iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and later). In iPhone's portrait orientation show a graph, giving a bit of a history view over values:




In landscape orientation provides an instantaneous VSI scale:

Units provided are ft/min, meters/min, meters/second. Tap above unit label to set.
Scales provided are 10x, 100x, 1000x for meters and feet per second, 0.1, 1, 10 for meters/second.

Use 3 dots button on top or left side to get more information on this panel or switch to a different panel. You can also switch between these small panels by swiping on them left/right in iPhone's portrait orientation and up/down in landscape.

Please note that as with all barometers, readings will lag a bit (1-3 seconds). I was trying for a day to apply some filters to the readings until I understood that Apple already applies them. So in the end I'm just using the values as they come from Apple.

Love for magnetic declination

Making it clear for both true and magnetic norths - which one is used and what is the declination. Both current, at you location, plus for any point on a map. By default showing declination is switched off and you turn it on in settings > "Compass & Course":


Please also note that True and Magnetic north switches now have T and M appended in brackets. Having magnetic declination display to YES, where you'll find it? Here is the main screen:

Top down: you'll see declination δ in the address row. This is a declination at the map center, where red arrow points. Then COMPASS label in the app will now always show COMPASS (M) or COMPASS (T), so you'd always now if magnetic or true north is used. At the bottom there compass accuracy label that is now enhanced by a declination value for the current location.

Use of declination doesn't require data/internet as values are calculated based onto built in World Magnetic Model.

Voice coach. (PRO)


When enabled and configured, voice coach will be telling you active track distance and duration as well as current speed and altitude.

In the current version, voice coach is only running when GPS track is being recorded. This ensures that coach provides exact and reliable information, for app running either in foreground or background.

App gives a hint if coach is enabled or disabled (by default). When you tap on a MENU button, hint is on top of the "NEW TRACK" button:


Until you start a new track, this is just a label and to access voice coach configuration you can delve into Advanced Settings > Voice coach.

Once GPS track recording is running, this hint becomes a button:

Tapping on it will open voice coach settings:


You can read more on a coach here: Voice coach.

Siri shortcuts

    In the current version app allows you to start and stop GPS tracking via Siri shortcuts. 

    How it works? First, let the app donate these shortcuts to Siri by starting and stoping the track first. MENU > NEW TRACK and MENU > STOP TRACK will do. Then visit Siri settings for the app in the iPhone/iPad settings, find the app and pick "Siri & Search". Shortcuts will be first between "SUGGESTED SHORTCUTS". To make them yours, tap on a plus on a row with a shortcut suggestion and record your own voice command for starting and stopping the track.

    From now on you'll be able to start and stop the track via Siri shortcuts and also integrate these shortcuts in the "Shortcuts" app.

    This is just a beginning and all ideas on Siri shortcuts are very welcome!

    Privacy Policy

      Added a page to the documentation site and also a button to the Feedback screen, so you can explore the Privacy Policy for the app.


      This is it for version 1.9.4, I'm back to adding new features for the next version! If you like the app and would not mind supporting it, please review or rate the app. As easy as tapping here and leaving me a few words! Yours, Stan, the dev.

      Wednesday, September 19, 2018

      Support for Siri shortcuts in iOS 12. Tracking + speed limits.

      Siri shortcuts for tracking and speed limits (beta build 104, 19-September-2018)


      In iOS 12, speedometer app will donate Siri Shortcuts for starting and stopping GPS tracking and for speed limits:



      Really only starting with Siri shortcuts in this release and all ideas and suggestions are welcome! More to come.

      Tuesday, August 21, 2018

      Compass 55. Version 1.9.1 is now in the AppStore. What's new?

      Tiny, but hopefully useful compass on all maps. More options for the "navigate - search/browse" button.


      While unifying all maps in the app, it was important to provide a unified map compass experience as well. Here is how this tiny map compass looks:


      As part of this work I also changed the default behavior of the button that compass is shown around. Previously this button would just switch between "navigate" mode - when map would follow your location and direction of travel and "search/browse" mode - when you can search on the map, browse and create/edit objects. 

      By default, this button now opens options for showing/hiding objects on a map, plus switching between "navigate" and "search/browse" mode:


       If you think that old way of switching between navigate and search/browse modes was more convenient, you can use map settings to revert the behavior to a one tap switch:


      Option to edit/move waypoint directly on the main screen


      In map search/browse mode, tap on a waypoint to reveal new option: Move:


      Now you can move the map until red arrow points to the new waypoint location:

      Screen elements to highlight here:

      #1 - Waypoint that is being edited.
      #2 - Red line from the original waypoint location to the new location.
      #3 - Red arrow (in map center) showing new waypoint location.
      #4 - Waypoint course/angle button. Shows/hides waypoint course/angle editor. In the image above course/angle editor is a gray circle around the new waypoint location. Tap anywhere in that gray circle to set waypoint approach angle/course. Tapping on this button #4 will hide the angle editor.
      #5 - New in version 1.9.1 - geo coded address of a map center.

      Bottom left red arrow button also gives you more options from version 1.9.1:

      - Move to the current location
      - Show/hide red arrow (map center) details. Red arrow details are: coordinates, distance from the current location, map or red arrow angle, geo coded address.

      Use Cancel or Done buttons to cancel or confirm the waypoint move.

      Select multiple waypoints to delete


      Use "Select" button in the waypoints list screen to enable multiple waypoints selection:


      Pick waypoints:
      And use right bottom delete button to delete the selected points.

      Select multiple waypoints to export (PRO)


      Same as above, use "Select" button in the waypoints list, select waypoints and use left bottom Action button to export the selected waypoints.

      Single waypoint export (PRO)


      When you tap on a waypoint's annotation on a map and use Share option or when you use Share option from the waypoint editor screen, there is an extra option present - Export. This allows to export a single waypoint.

      Google map option for all map screens (PRO)


      Until now Google map was only available for the main map screen - all other map screens used either Apple or Custom/Offline maps. This update brings Google map as the first class citizen to all map screens:

      Waypoint editor, Track viewTrip tracks.

      Only one feature that Google map doesn't support - coloring tracks by speed or altitude. You'll have to switch to Apple or Custom/Offline maps to use this feature, as before.

      KMZ import for waypoints (PRO)


      Support for KMZ import of waypoints. As KMZ export also packs photo and audio attachments for waypoints, this way allows you to transfer waypoints from one device to another without loss of any specific to the app information.


      This is it for version 1.9.1, I'm back to adding new features for the next version! If you like the app and would not mind supporting it, please review or rate the app. As easy as tapping here and leaving me a few words! Yours, Stan, the dev.

      Saturday, August 4, 2018

      New app - Planimeter 55. Measure area, perimeter and distance on your iPhone and iPad.




      Measure distance, perimeter and area on a map. Add stand alone points to understand better what is where on a map. Share and export your projects.

      Planimeter app will be useful for measuring construction sites, roofs, lawns, fences, paving, pools, parking lots, fields and paths. Or even for just putting stand alone points on a map.

      Where this planimeter app stands out?

      - Precise control of the planned/measured area. As you move a map, the app will show you what area/distance is going to be and what would be the size of adjacent lines. Even before you add a new point.

      - Native Google maps support adds extra zoom-in ability for satellite and hybrid maps.

      - Every point can have its own color and have text, audio and image attached.

      - You can move point directly on a main map screen (tap on a point and pick Move option) or in the dedicated point editor screen. Again, before you confirm the move you know perfectly what the resulting area/perimeter/distance will be.

      - You can hide/show shapes and point collections. This way you can focus only on what is important for the current project.

      - Flexible units of measurement allow you to configure when display of feet or meters changes to miles and kilometers. Same for area units.

      - Custom url, offline and import maps. Apple maps and Google maps are built into the app. And then, you can add other maps. The app supports adding custom url maps, downloading offline maps or importing maps (mbtiles, sqlitedb) that you might have crafted on your PC or Mac.

      - Kmz export and import option allows to transfer shapes and point collections in their entirety, including images and audio notes. This allows you to continue working on your project on different devices.

      Basic version allows you to create unlimited number of points and temporary measurement shapes (areas or routes), so you can measure with no limits. To add a new shape to measure, you just discard the previous one.

      Pro pack upgrade adds:

      - Google and custom url, offline, imported maps support. Google maps adds extra zoom ability for satellite and hybrid maps.
      - Ability to save multiple point collections/shapes.
      - Import and export for a single point and whole shapes/collections.
      - Saving and sharing a map snapshot, the one that shows only the objects that you created on a map - buttons and tools removed.

      Pro Pack upgrade is a one off upgrade, no subscription or recurring charges are involved.

      Wishing your happy measuring with Planimeter 55 app!


      Documentation site   

      Download for FREE in the AppStore

      Video overview:

      Friday, May 18, 2018

      Compass 55. Version 1.9 - What's new?

      Units of measurement - REWORK

        All places in the app where units of measurements would not be shown have been adjusted to show them. Same applies to degrees or mils in compass/course.

        You can now set when feet or meters should switch to miles (or nautical miles) and kilometers:

        By default, everything stays as it used to be. BUT, you have a lot of new options now! If you are like John who wrote me "Stan, I need to keep the app measuring/tracking in feet as this is what I'm using for everything on my farm and I don't want it to be switching to miles" - then these new options are for you.

        Also feet or meters can now be used for altitude totally independently on other units.

        These new settings can be access via settings > "Units of measurement".

        Option for showing whole current track on the main map


        Whole currently being recorded (ACTIVE) track can be shown on the main map (Google, Apple, blank and offline). As always, you can "pin" any previously recorded track to the main map (light blue), while active track will be shown in red:


        I even took the liberty to set this as ON by default. If you want to disable this active track "tail", please open common map settings and you'll find new options down to the bottom:

        New to version 1.9 is also ability to hide the "tail" completely.

        "Photo GPX" track export option


        This was initiated by David from UK and grand thanks to him for providing the requirements and also testing in Lightroom. David also kindly put a document together to describe how it all works in practice:


        "Photo GPX" export options ensures that you'll have a time/location sample per each second in the output GPX. Why it would not happen by itself? Imagine GPS would not be available for some time, and the app as well optimizes the track recording by filtering out some points to keep the track size smaller (Can be configured in Advanced Settings > GPS Tracking > Optimize recording).

        You can find this option between current track export options: 





        Support for areas - Planimeter


        Idea with areas was to be able to setup "don't enter" or "don't leave" areas or flight altitude corridor areas, but then I decided to add fully-fledged planimeter functions and get to areas alerts later:


        More information:


        Improvements in route/waypoint navigation


        Based on Michel's suggestions.

        1. Search bar in the waypoints list is visible by default.

        2. SET TARGET menu now has one more option - to pick a nearby waypoint to navigate to:

        Previously it was only Recent - by default.

        3. MENU > WAYPOINTS now contains a sub option to open nearby waypoints:

        Michel had way more suggestions to help him navigate as a helicopter pilot. Adding these 3 now and will focus on map related features in the next version.

        Credit and huge thanks go to Michel!


        Miscellany

        • Performance of viewing and exporting huge tracks is greatly improved.


        This is it for version 1.9, I'm back to adding new features for the next version! If you like the app and would not mind supporting it, please review or rate the app. As easy as tapping here and leaving me a few words! Yours, Stan, the dev.


        More information for version 1.9


        Here is an overview of planned features for version 2.0:

        - Distance measurement for turn by turn routes (car, bike, walk profiles)
        - Voice navigation along the track (alert when more that X meters/feet away from the pinned track)
        - Automatically skip to the next target along the route if missed the previous/current target
        - Datums
        - Magnetic variation data for any coordinate
        - Vertical speed
        - GPS diagnostics panel/chart


        Sunday, February 4, 2018

        Taxi Cab meter app for iPhone and iPad - Square Point of Sale integration is now available!

        Version 1.7 adds Square Point Of Sale integration which adds ability to take credit card payments (in U.S., UK, Canada, Australia and Japan) and print receipts via supported by Square mobile printers (in English, Spanish, French and Japanese).

        Use "Payment-Square" button on receipt screen to switch to Square app:


        By tapping on "Payment-Square", given you have Square Point Of Sale installed, you'll be transferred to it with receipt data from Taximeter. Currently following information is being transferred to Square app:
        • Total to pay, including currency
        • Note from the receipt
        • Tip or discount information from the receipt
        Taximeter also assumes that you have setup Square with appropriate and available to you tender types. This is in the "Advanced" settings, down to the bottom:

        Square app returns quite meaningful errors back if something is wrong and taximeter offers you to open Settings in response to adjust them and retry. To avoid errors ensure that:
        • Square app installed and you are logged into it
        • Square app (your account) is configured to accept currency that is default for your iPhone (based on regional settings). You can see this currency in the Advanced settings (image above).
        • Tender types you have setup in the taximeter (Cash+Card by default) correspond by tender type accepted for you by Square. E.g. if you setup Card in taximeter and Square doesn't support card payments for your account, you'll get an error.
        Tapping on "Payment-Square" will transfer you to Square app where you can take/register the payment and print the receipt using mobile printers that Square app supports (Star Micronics (SM) bluetooth printers).

        Wednesday, January 31, 2018

        Taximeter for iPhone - Square Point Of Sale app integration is in beta now

        Version 1.7 of the taximeter app will feature Square Point Of Sale app integration which adds ability to take credit card payments and print receipts via supported by Square mobile printers.

        Apple has approved the beta version and here is information for beta testers:

        Use "Payment-Square" button on receipt screen to switch to Square app:


        By tapping on "Payment-Square", given you have Square Point Of Sale installed, you'll be transferred to it with receipt data from Taximeter. Currently following information is being transferred to Square app:
        • Total to pay, including currency
        • Note from the receipt
        • Tip or discount information from the receipt
        Taximeter also assumes that you have setup Square with appropriate and available to you tender types. This is in the "Advanced" settings, down to the bottom:

        Square app returns quite meaningful errors back if something is wrong and taximeter offers you to open Settings in response to adjust them and retry. To avoid errors ensure that:
        • Square app installed and you are logged into it
        • Square app (your account) is configured to accept currency that is default for your iPhone (based on regional settings). You can see this currency in the Advanced settings (image above).
        • Tender types you have setup in the taximeter (Cash+Card by default) correspond by tender type accepted for you by Square. E.g. if you setup Card in taximeter and Square doesn't support card payments for your account, you'll get an error.
        Tapping on "Payment-Square" will transfer you to Square app where you can take/register the payment and print the receipt using mobile printers that Square app supports (Star Micronics (SM) bluetooth MFI printers).